Coaching Staff

Contacts

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The “dean” of the King Coaching staff and perhaps among track coaches in the Inland Empire, Coach Corona has been roaming the sidelines of RUSD athletics since 1979. Under his guidance, the King Track program has become one of the best in the Inland Empire if not the CIF-Southern Section. He has been the head coach at King since 2003 and has served numerous times as the League Rep and the Meet Manager for League Finals. He has also served for the past 13 years as Meet Manager for the King Soph/Frosh Classic and the Raincross Tradition-the Riverside City Track Championships- for 8 years.


The Wolves have won a combined total (boys and girls) of 11 league championships with Corona at the helm and have landed in the Riverside County Top Ten polls every year since the poll was started in 2005. Corona has 302 career dual meet wins to his credit with 205 of those coming at King High. Over the years, over 100 of the top marks in Riverside County have been posted by athletes under the tutelage of Coach Corona and his staff. Annually, one sees a number of King track athletes qualify for CIF prelims and finals. Over 9 of the past 10 years, King Athletes have made their way to the California State Championships.


Prior to coming to King High, Coach Corona spent 21 years at Arlington High School. He served two stints as head track coach (1981-83 and 1994-2000) and was the Lions Head Basketball coach from 1984 through 1991.


Corona was named a State CIF Model Coach of the Year in 2009 and has also named a State Coach of the Year by the National Federation of High School Coaches that same year. In 2013, he was named by the Riverside Sports Hall of Fame to the President’s Award as a major Contributor to the Riverside community through athletics, and in 2018 his name was added to the Riverside Sport Hall of Fame’s “Wall of Distinction.” He has also been named a California State Teacher of the Year three times by organizations honoring his work with King’s Veteran Oral History project-King High School Remembers. (see www.kinghighremembers.org)


Corona is a 1973 graduate of Alta Loma High School in Rancho Cucamonga, where he was a three-sport letter winner in cross country, basketball and track. He has a B.S. in Mass Communications from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz. and his Master’s Degree in Education from Azusa Pacific University. Corona teaches U.S History at King High. He has been married 29 years to his wife Nanette and has three sons-all of whom are graduates of King High School and the King Track program.

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Brad Peters

Associate Head Coach, Distances

Since 1999 when the boys Cross Country team won the first ever varsity league title of any sport at King, the Cross Country program has enjoyed tremendous success. The Girls team won ten straight League championships and they have been league winners in 13 out of the last 18 seasons, including in 2016. During the same time the boys have won six league championships; the most recent coming in 2015. Both teams have never missed a trip to the CIF prelims and 16 times, the boys and girls King Harriers have made it to CIF Finals. Notably, in King’s first year, 1999, the boys cross country team was the first of any varsity sport to not only win a league title, but also qualify for a CIF Finals. There have been six times that the Wolves qualified either an individual or a team to the California State Meet. Three times since 2009, King High Cross Country has had an athlete qualify for the Nike Cross National race.


Under Coach Peters’ tutelage, there have been 11 Wolves who were league MVP and another 5 who earned Riverside County Runners of the Year (see kingcrosscountry.com).


In 2014-15, Brad Peters was honored with the State CIF Model Coach Award, a yearly, distinguished honor bestowed on 12 coaches state-wide who embody the CIF motto of “Victory With Honor and Character Counts”. The honorees come all sports. In 2017 Peters’ name was added to the Riverside Sport Hall of Fame, Wall of Distinction.


Peters is also a long-time member of the CIF SS Advisory Committee for cross country.


Peters served as King’s first track coach and under his early leadership King won four league championships and the Girls finished 4th in CIF Division 2 in 2003. He has produced 36 individual league champions; 13 CIF Finalists; 2 CIF Champions, 2 CIF Runners-up, 3 All-State runners and 1 All-American. Combining his cross country and track record, Peters has well over 600 dual meet victories at King High School.


A King staff original and a U.S. History teacher, Peters came to Martin Luther King HS after an eight-year stint as head cross country coach at Ayala High School in Chino Hills. There, like at King, Peters was extremely successful. His 1992 boys team won the CIF Division 3 Championship and for 7 straight years, his girls team was undefeated in league action. During that time both his boys and girls teams made the CIF Finals every year. In 1995, his girl’s team was State runner-up and his boys and girls team produced five top 5 finishes at the state meet. His ’95 team was ranked 25th in the nation. Adding his dual meet victories from Ayala, Peters has accumulated an astounding 1000 wins.


Coach Peters attended Whittier Christian High School where he competed in cross country and track. He is a graduate of Cal-State Fullerton, earning both his B.A. and M.A in American Studies from that institution. He teaches U.S. History and was the King High Teacher of the Year in 2000. He has been a competitor in road racing over the years, competing in a total of eight marathons, including the 100th running of the Boston Marathon in 1996.

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Mat Vasal

Assistant Head Coach - Sprints and Relays

A 2011 graduate of the King High School Track program, Mat began coaching the long sprints and relay at King in 2016 and continues in that roll.


This only makes sense as Mat has been a fixture in the sprints not just at King but in his post high school stops at Riverside Community College and at UC-Riverside.


At King, Mat was co-MVP his senior year and demonstrated great leadership in helping that squad accomplish great things. He went on to RCC where he helped the Tigers win two state JC championships and in 2014, he was the Orange Empire League Champion in the 400 running a sub 48.

Mat is finishing his teaching credential in English at King High School during the spring of 2020

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Fatimat Yusuf Olukoju

Assistant Coach, Sprints

King Track and Field is honored to welcome another Olympian to their coaching staff in the person of Coach Fatimat Yusuf Olukoju.


Joining Reynaldo Brown as coaches who have performed on the world stage, Coach Olukoju competed for her native land of Nigeria in the 1996 and 2000 Olympics and was a Silver medal winner in the 4 X 400 relay in ’96. In 1991, She was the Gold Medal winner in the All-African Games and also made a name for herself in the 200 as well.

The owner and chief instructor of Village Coach Fitness Studio, Coach Olukoju is a 1998 graduate of Azusa Pacific University. she competed in the 400 for the Cougars and was a 5 time All-American. She has worked over the past ten years with club-level track youngsters and she will be working with the King sprinters. She and her husband Adewale, another Nigeria Olympian in the discus have been married 18 years and have four children.

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Reynaldo Brown

Assistant Coach - High Jump

The King Track program is extremely fortunate in having Reynaldo Brown join it’ coaching staff in 2008. Long time track fans will recognize Rey as a member of the 1968 and 1972 Olympic teams. In 1968, at the age of 18, he finished fifth in the World in the high jump. He owns numerous records and titles from meets across the country and was the NCAA champion two years in a row.


He has been inducted into the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Hall of Fame as well as the Mt.SAC Hall of Fame. He was the NCAA National Champion in the high jump in 1971 and again in 1973. He was the 1971 Indoor National Champion in the high jump.


From 1968 to 1976 he was ranked in the top 10 high jumpers nationally, and again ranked top 10 in 1979. In 1971, ‘73 and ’74 he was the number-two high jumper in the country behind the legendary Dwight Stones. In 1970 he was ranked number one in the country.


While in high school (Compton HS), he leaped 7’ 3" and is still ranked 5th All Time in California in the high jump!


This Compton High School grad has coached at Eisenhower High School, Redland East Valley, St. Bernard’s and Pomona High. Coach Brown is always in demand at clinics and camps throughout the country. He and his wife Carol live in Victor Valley.


Many of you may not know much Olympic history, but our coach in the vertical and horizontal jumps, Reynaldo Brown, has a storied Olympic and world class past in the sport. Coach Brown finished fifth in the high jump at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic games. Reynaldo Brown was 18 then!
He has been inducted into the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Hall of Fame as well as the Mt.SAC Hall of Fame. He was the NCAA National Champion in the high jump in 1971 and again in 1973. He was the 1971 Indoor National Champion in the high jump.


From 1968 to 1976 he was ranked in the top 10 high jumpers nationally, and again ranked top 10 in 1979. In 1971, ‘73 and ’74 he was the number-two high jumper in the country behind the legendary Dwight Stones. In 1970 he was ranked number one in the country.


While in high school (Compton HS), he leaped 7’ 3" and is still ranked 5th All Time in California in the high jump!


We are honored and pleased to have coach and Olympian Reynaldo Brown taking our jumpers to new heights!

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John Byrd

Assistant Coach, Horizontal Jumps

John Byrd joined the King Track staff in 2018 as one of our horizontal jump coaches. Coach Byrd is a 2009 graduate of Arlington High where he lettered in both football and track. While competing for the football Lions, he was an All-League and All CIF defensive back. He also was a 4 Ivy League Track Champion in the Long and Triple Jump. He was a three time team Track MVP at AHS and served as a team captain. Coach Byrd went on to compete on the track team at Riverside Community College and was part of a state championship team while competing for the Tigers in the long and triple jump.


Also, an assistant coach on the Wolves football team, Coach Byrd has six years of track coaching behind him, having worked at Arlington and Tahquitz High School in Hemet. He has worked with youngsters in the horizontal jumps; the throws and sprints. He is currently an elementary school PE teacher in Fontana Unified School District. Married this past summer to his wife Kelsie, he is a 2013 graduate of Cal-State San Bernardino and earned his Graduate Degree from National University.

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Vince Baum

Assistant Coach - Horizontal Jumps

Another alum joins the King coaching staff this year with the addition of Vince Baum, Class of 2011. Vince, currently working on his Kinesiology degree at Cal Baptist University, will be assisting Coach Duffy in the horizontal jumps.


Coach Baum lettered two years in both varsity football and track while at King High. In track, he competed in the hurdles, the long jump, and the triple jump and served as a team captain in 2011.


Upon graduation, Vince enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served four years, stationed mostly at Camp Pendleton. He served in Afghanistan in 2014. Vince has been married to Nicolle, another King grad and former King Track Team Manager, for four years and they just recently became parents to a future Wolf, Evangeline.

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Jim Griesinger

Assistant Coach - Distances

Jim Griesinger is father to seven children and has been on-board the program since 2001. He has been a steady contributor to all the good that has come to King track and cross country. A runner for most of his adult years, he has taken up marathoning, and has run the San Diego, Las Vegas, Michigan, San Francisco and Boston Marathons. His younger kids have been a part of the program with Steve (02), Diane (03), James (05), and Mary (06) all competing at one time for the King Wolves.


In the Fall, Coach Griesinger is one of the cross country coaches, a tenure he has kept since the school opened in 1999.


Coach Griesinger happily retired from the work force in February of 2009, and enjoys doing local projects for friends and fishing with his grown sons.

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Dr. Carrie Soholt

Assistant Coach - Distances

A 2011 graduate of King High School, Carrie Soholt returns to her Alma Mater to assist in the coaching of the Wolves distance group. Carrie has coached both cross country and track since 2017 at King. She brings her substantial talents and positive personality back to the Wolfpack!


During her time competing for the both Cross Country and Track, Carrie was a huge contributor to the Wolves success. In Cross Country she was on three League Championship teams; on one state qualifying team and was All-League several times. In track, she was a 4 time CIF qualifier and currently resides in King’s All-time top ten in the 1600 at 5:10.3. While at King, she was the recipient of the MLK Service Award; a Scholar Athlete; the Wolfpack Pride Award winner and was named our Outstanding Distance Runner. The high point in her career at King (at least li the eyes of her coaches) came in her Junior year when after having won the City Championship in the 1600 meters because the runner ahead of her had been disqualified on a uniform technicality, Carrie gave up her first place patch to that same young lady. It was an act of sportsmanship that resonates within the program even today.


Carrie went on to compete at Biola University where she was a two time All-American (Once in Cross Country and once in indoor track) and graduated in 2015 with her degree in Kinesiology. She graduated in 2019 with her doctorate in Physical Therapy from Azusa Pacific University.

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Dan Peirce

Assistant Coach - Distances

Dan Peirce has been a social studies teacher at King High since the school opened its doors in 1999. He serves as an assistant coach in both cross country and track and is responsible for many “behind the scenes” tasks that help the programs succeed at a high level. During the track season, he works with the distance runners.


He is married to Renee and they have three adult children. He loves to travel or dream about traveling and is an accomplished cook. His grace, kindness and winsome spirit are gifts to all who know him.

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Sean Roll

Assistant Coach - Vault

One of the King Track Staff originals, Coach Sean Roll has served as the Wolves pole vault coach since 1999. Under his tutelage, the Wolves have traditionally been one of the top pole-vaulting teams in the Inland Empire.

During his time as the head pole vault coach, some 50 King athletes have qualified for CIF competition; 15 have been league champions; 11 have gone on to CIF Finals and twice a King athlete has made the state championships.

Coach Roll is a 1993 alum of Arlington High School where he lettered in cross country and track. He served as an assistant for Coach Corona at AHS until moving over to King in the Spring of 2000. In all, he has spent 26 years coaching the vault.

He is a graduate of Cal-State San Bernardino receiving both his Bachelor’s Degree and teaching credential from that institution. He has been teaching in the King Art Department for the past 8 years. He and wife Kim have been married for 7 years.

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Arlan Roll

Assistant Coach - Vault

If the name “Roll” sounds familair it should, especially in regard to King High pole vault. Arlan Roll, the father of King Pole Vault coach, Sean, joins our staff with the mission of working with our younger; more inexpereniced vaulters. “Papa” Roll, as the athletes have already dubbed him, served as a pole vault coach for three years at Arlington High and has worked intermittingly over the years at King.

A retired Chemcial Engineer, he is a graduate of Cal Poly- Pomona and is a U.S. Army veteran. He has been married to his wife, Diane for 45 yrears

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Jeff McKee

Assistant Coach - Vault

With a strong coaching and athletic background in the pole vault, Jeff McKee joins the King Track Coaching staff for the 2019 season. A local businessman, Coach McKee has coaching experience at Brea-Olinda and Santiago High Schools, not just in the pole vault but in the other horizontal and vertical jumps as well.


A 1992 Business graduate of Cal-Poly Pomona and a Bronco track team member, Jeff ended his career as one of the top pole vaulters in school history. As a high school senior at Downey High School, he finished 4th at the California State Championships in 1987 in the vault. Jeff has been married for 17 years to his wife, Jenny and they are the parents of four children.

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Edwin Jones

Assistant Coach - Sprints

Coach Edwin Jones has a long history in the Riverside area in track and field. He has been coaching at the high school level for a total of 30 years and has coached the sprinters at King to great heights and accomplishments since 2001. Prior to coming to King, he coached at Ramona High School for 18 years serving as an assistant and as head coach. He was an integral part of the coaching staff that guided the Rams to a CIF runner-up trophy in 1995. Coach Jones was a standout sprinter himself at Ramona High in the early 80’s and was a CIF qualifier. Coach Jones is one of the intramural and /recreation directors at Loma Linda University. He is married to Louise and has two daughters.

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"Mac" Cleary

Assistant Coach - Throws

In 2013, Michael “Mac” Cleary started his tenure on the King Track staff guiding the Wolves Throws (shot put and discus). With his hard work and enthusiasm, his charges have preformed at a high level including shot putter Courtney Kolsinski, who owns the King Girls school record in that event and Alec Jones, who last year was named the California State Junior College Field Event Athlete of the Year.


Coach Cleary is a 1995 graduate of Arlington High where he was a three sport letter winner in football, basketball and baseball. Though outstanding in each sport, it was in football that he truly excelled. He was a three-year varsity letter winner for the Lions and by the time he was a senior, he had earned All-League-All-CIF and All-State Honors. He would go on to play at San Diego State University where he earned Special Teams Player of the Year in 1998 and was the Special Teams Captain. He was also named to the All-Mountain West All-Academic team.


Cleary got both his undergrad degree and Master’s degree from SDSU and landed at King High School in the Fall of 2005 and has been teaching Government and Economics since. He has served not just on the track staff but has coached all levels within the King Football program and lower level baseball as well. He and his wife Karla have been married for 14 years and they have two children.

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Michelle Birchak

Administrative Assistant

Ms. Birchak handles a myriad of administrative responsibilities such as attendance and the monitoring of grades in addition to helping with the long and triple jump. Coach Birchak is a graduate of Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colorado and holds graduate degrees in Curriculum from the University of Phoenix and in Administrative Studies from Concordia University in Irvine. She is in her fourth year of teaching English here at King High after a local stint at Chemawa Middle School and a number of years teaching in Colorado.

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Ken Bracy

Assistant Coach - Hurdles

Ken was an All-American hurdler at Cal-State Northridge and a teammate of Art Venegas, formerly the head track coach at UCLA. Ken has worked with both Arlington and King Hurdlers over the years and since coming to King High, he has made King’s hurdle program one of the best in the Inland Empire.

He has also worked with local youth track clubs over the years as well. Coach Bracy is excellent in teaching beginning hurdlers the mechanics and the mindset of hurdling. He is married to his wife, Jeanette for and has three grown children, Ken, Jr and Rashad who competed at Arlington and Zenobia, who was a hurdler for the Wolves.

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Tayler Fleming

Assistant Coach - Hurdles

Arguably, one of the best athletes to ever come out of the King track program, Tayler Fleming will be taking some time out of her busy final track season at the University of California -Riverside to lend assistance to King athletes in the hurdles and most likely in a number of other events as well.


A graduate of King High in 2013, Tayler has truly made a name for herself at UCR. In 2017, she was a NATIONAL qualifier in the NCAA Division -1 Long Jump and made All-American Honorable Mention. In 2016, she made the NCAA Western Regionals in the Long Jump and the Heptathlon. She has numerous Big West titles and UCR records to her credit. She set the UCR record in the Heptathlon in her very first attempt at the multi-event contest.


While at King, she was a four year letter winner in track and lettered twice in soccer. Tayler was a 3 time track team MVP and owns the school record in the 100 hurdles; the 300 hurdles and the 4 × 400 relay. She was a four-time CIF qualifier and made the state meet twice. In 2013, she finished 6th at the State Meet in the 300 hurdles, the highest ever finish for a female King athlete.


A major in Liberal Studies with a psychology minor, Tayler graduated from UCR in 2019.

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Pedro Sandoval

Assistant Coach - Distances

Pedro Sandoval, is a graduate of Rubidoux High School, class of 2015. He had a very good career running for 4 years of running under Coach Keith Chann and lead his team to qualifying for the State meet in 2013 and 2014. He was a integral part in those teams by leading and managing the emotional and mental state of those teams. While running track for the Falcons, he was a part of a school record setting 4×800 squad. Sandoval graduated with high honors in his high school years and ended with a 4.0 GPA.


Pedro began coaching in 2015-2016 season after Chann retired and asked him to do the job. From 2015 through 2018, Sandoval guided the Falcons. During those years at Rubidoux Sandoval had success in both boys and girls with 5 boys league championships and 4 girls league championships, one state team, a state champion in Erik Gonzalez and two athletes that qualified for the Nike Nationals meet. A couple of school records were recorded during his tenure as well. Looking for a new challenge and learn from a different program and new atmosphere, he came on board at King as a cross country coach in 2019 and track in 2020.


Pedro earned an academic scholarship to UC Riverside and is currently working on his Master in psychology at UCR. In 2019 he graduated with his undergraduate degree in psychology.

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Eric Sousely

Assistant Coach - Throws

Throws coach Eric Sousley is the newest addition to the King Track staff in 2020. Coach Sousley, who joins Coach Cleary in coaching the shot put and discus, has been coaching at Rubidoux High for the past five years. He brings a great amount of knowledge and enthusiasm to the job.


Coach Sousley is a graduate of Corona High School where he competed in football and track. He was a four year letter winner for the Panthers in Track. He is a graduate of Cal-Baptist University with a BS in English and he has his Masters Degree in Education from that institution as well. He has been teaching English in Jurupa Unified School District for five years, the last 3 at Patriot High School.

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Megan Melton

Assistant Coach - Vault

2012 King graduate Megan Melton returns to her Alma Mater to work with the Wolf pole vaulters. A three year letter winner, Megan sits second all-time on the King all time pole vault list. She was a team captain and was the team’s Most Outstanding Field Event competitor her senior year when she just missed qualifying for the state championships.

Coach Melton went on to Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina where she competed for four years. In 2016, she finished second in the Big South Indoor Championships and finished her career with a PR of 12-7.

Megan is in her third year coaching with the Wolves and brings great enthusiasm and knowledge to her job. She is currently working in Val Verde Unified School District as a teacher’s assistant in Special Education and is working on her teaching credential.